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Moving Patients off O.R. table

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by CAsunshineRN CAsunshineRN (New Member) New Member

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I have been asked to gather information on how other operating rooms manage transfering patients on and off the surgical table. We use a very thin hard plastic with a sheet on it and four people. Any other ideas?

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heather2084 has 9 years experience and specializes in Surgery, Ob/Gyn.

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rollers, with generally 4 people (one on each side, anesthesia). sometimes just 3 if there's no one to be spared. we also have the plastic boards in the c-section rooms, but they suck so bad you might as well not have much of anything. Rollers are the way to go, but apparently they seem to find their way out of the OR and we have less and less all the time.

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inspir8tion specializes in OR.

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we use roller w/ a sheet on top too, and four people.

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elcue has 31 years experience and specializes in OR, transplants,GYN oncology.

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roller w/drawsheet; 4 people

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TracyB,RN has 14 years experience as a RN and specializes in jack of all trades, master of none.

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Roller with sheet... anesthesia for head. Work at a teaching hospital so it's fun to boss the med students around... 1 for feet, 1 or 2 for each side... Usually, I'll take a newbie med student on my side so I can watch technique & be really bossy. After all, it's MY patient on the table.

OK, that's a really good day...

Usually, anesthesia at head, nurse on one side, med student or resident on the other side. If we have a cool surgeon, the surgeon will stay & assist with transfer.

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shodobe specializes in O.R., ED, M/S.

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We use the above flat thin plastic sheet. It is by far the easiest way to move large patients. We threw out our rollers 2 years ago and won't go back to them. If necessary I can move a 300# patient by myself to showm you how easy it is with the plastic ones. Ditch the old rollers, they are a waste of time.

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heather2084 has 9 years experience and specializes in Surgery, Ob/Gyn.

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im not moving any pt by myself, 100 lb or 50 lb. only exception is a pedi.

i always find the plastic boards are such a hassle trying to get out from under the pt once we move them. how do you guys combat that?

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shodobe specializes in O.R., ED, M/S.

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im not moving any pt by myself, 100 lb or 50 lb. only exception is a pedi.

i always find the plastic boards are such a hassle trying to get out from under the pt once we move them. how do you guys combat that?

I was just making a point of how easy it is with the plastic sheets. Of course you would never move a patient without an adequate amount of people. I have been in the OR for 30 years and have used every type of moving device and we find that the plastic sheets are the most comfortable for the patient and the easiest on the backs of the staff. Rollers tend to break and the "skins" need to be replaced every few years. Cost wise they are cheap and have no upkeep costs.

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TracyB,RN has 14 years experience as a RN and specializes in jack of all trades, master of none.

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This is really sad! The amount of lifting we actually have to do with a patient, in addition to all that equipment. Every OR suite should be equipped with that Hover mattress. Nurses everywhere would suffer far less back pain.

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We use plastic sheets at my hospital.

I hate rollers!!! Have you ever taken a ride on one? They are very very uncomfortable unless you have some extra adipose tissue! From someone with a bony back - please use a slider!:cry:

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elcue has 31 years experience and specializes in OR, transplants,GYN oncology.

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i'm back!

tracyb, we recently got a hover mattress and i don't think anyone's ever used it - seems cumbersome. plus, the darned thing is stored in a ridiculously inconvenient place. you really think it's worth the hassle? should i rethink this?

 

the best method i've ever used is to simply put a plastic trash bag under the drawsheet and slide. easy for staff & no bumps for patients. i cannot get anyone where i've been for the past 4 years to even try it!

linda

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